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Old 11-18-2017, 07:50 PM   #1
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Down sized to a travel Trailer

I finally traded the Class A motor home off and purchased a new Travel Trailer.
It is a new Forest River 2017 EVO 2360 and we will take delivery this coming Monday the 20th of Nov 2017. Anything we should be aware of? We will be towing it with a 2003 Ford F-150 4WD with 5.4 L Engine Blue OX Sway Pro EQ Hitch and a Tekonsha Primus IQ Brake controller. We are not new to RVing, but this is only the 3rd TT Bumper pull we have had in 50 years. Just down sized from a class A motor Home. Any advice is welcome.
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We went from a 31 ft. Class C to a 20 ft. TT and love the the new TT. The MH was just to big for one thing and had a love affair with a gas pump nozzle. also it costs less to AC and Heat the unit because of the smaller space inside. We usually camp locally here in the Fl. panhandle and a week is probably our limit as we have a small farm and have to feed the animals.
I think ya'll will love the TT. Good Luck and Happy Camping
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Old 11-18-2017, 10:33 PM   #3
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Traded in a Jayco Greyhawk 26 for a Jayco Jayflight 28 TT. SO much bigger! Can't wait till May to take it out. Also looking forward to having a vehicle (the TV) to use. We found a Class C was great for driving alot with short (2 -3 nights) at a location. But not so great for a week or longer stays at a place. We feel the TT is better suited for our "style". We will see in May.....
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Old 11-18-2017, 10:38 PM   #4
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You will notice the weight of your TT (7500#) as you pull with the 5.4. You will need 2nd gear on any long hills. In have the same truck and you will see @ 10 MPG or a little less towing. My TT tops out at 4700 pounds and I feel it but I'm out west in the high mountains a lot. Towing on I-10 east bound through NM I drop down a gear on upslopes also. I also go to 2nd a lot on steep downhills. Take it across some scales and you'll find that the TT might weigh as much as the truck. Other than that it does fine for me. I also have the heavy tow package from the factory on mine.
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I get nervous when I see people towing with 150/1500 trucks. They may have the towing power but the tongue weight is what kills them. I upgraded my Ram 1500 hemi 4x4 to a Ram 2500 diesel because of that reason. The truck may be able to tow the weight but can it support 10 to 15% of the weight? That is what you need to look at. Good luck!
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If you don't put anything in the TT, you might be OK. But you start loading that RV up, and hook it up to a gasser that is what, almost 15 years old, it will be interesting. In my opinion, you will be too close to the max tow rating on the truck for safe, comfortable towing for much distance. If you are going to pull it to your local campground for the weekend and there arn't many hills or mountains in your way, you will probably by ok. But I think you will find the trailer will be driving the truck, not the other way around. Now I'm not one who thinks you need a duelly to pull a pop-up. But a newer, 1500 pickup designed and set up for towing would be a better choice, or asjlechmanik mentioned, a 2500 would be awesome at this level. You wouldn't know the TT was back there. Good luck, safe travels.
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That old 5.4 will definitely be working hard. It's not so much that it doesn't have enough HP/TQ but that 4 speed will definitely stink on any kind of grade or headwind. Your hitch will help a lot for having a half ton truck but I would seriously consider upgrading the truck. In my opinion you don't necessarily need a big diesel truck, but at least an 08+ half ton for upgraded transmissions and power. Now this is all a mute point if you're staying within 3hrs or so to camp. Then I wouldn't worry about the truck.
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I Agree

I agree with everything that has just been said about a bigger truck. I pulled a 30 footer years ago with a 1968 half ton ford pickup without any problems. I also puled a 30 foot 5th wheel with a ford that had a 5.4l engine and no problems. Yes I will have to gear down going up any hills, but as far as the weight on the hitch I have installed air bags to keep the rear end level. ALso this truck came with factory installed trailer package and class lll group and hitch. when finances permit I'll be getting a F-250 setup for trailer towing.
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I get nervous when I see people towing with 150/1500 trucks. They may have the towing power but the tongue weight is what kills them. I upgraded my Ram 1500 hemi 4x4 to a Ram 2500 diesel because of that reason. The truck may be able to tow the weight but can it support 10 to 15% of the weight? That is what you need to look at. Good luck!
You must be nervous a lot. Hundreds of 1000's of people are towing TT's with 1/2 tons.
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The 5.4 will be working a bit but you will be fine. I had a 5.4 in a 2000 F350 and towed over 10k just fine. They do like to rev though like any gasser.
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You must be nervous a lot. Hundreds of 1000's of people are towing TT's with 1/2 tons.
Not really. And I was referring to LARGE trailers where they might be within their total weight but are either unbalanced or way over their TV capacity for tongue weight. Of course they are usually the ones doing 70 plus....

But now I have new worries. Saw a mid sized class C towing a mid sized TT today......
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I agree pretty much with the issue of overweight.

I used to tow a 6800# trailer with an '07 F150 with the 5.4. It handled the pull ok, mileage was around 9-10 towing. Uphills engine was screaming. Put a tuner in it, seemed to help making more hp. Sway bars are a must.

Don't forget about weight and braking abililty. Even with trailer brakes, the trailer is pushing the truck big time during emergency stops. They do occurr, and your heart will be racing!

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Ours pulls fine, but would like to have a bit more power/torque for the longer hills. Definitely hang out in the truck lane going up and it's a load back there. Have a set of Sumo Springs on the truck that help a lot. 6 speed trans is a plus. TT has good brakes so as long as I'm careful all is well. Never exceed 65, 60 is the happy spot. This is as much TT as I'd want to tow with the F150, but it's a great truck and does everything we ask without a whimper.
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